Why we're here:
This blog is to highlight the unjust persecution of legitimate non-TV users at the hands of TV Licensing. These people do not require a licence and are entitled to live without the unnecessary stress and inconvenience caused by TV Licensing's correspondence and employees.

If you use equipment to receive live broadcast television programmes then the law requires you to have a licence and we encourage you to buy one.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Thames Magistrates' Court: No Information About TV Licensing Search Warrant Applications


One of London's busiest Magistrates' Courts holds no information about TV Licensing search warrant applications since 1st January 2013.

Using the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we sought the following information in relation to Thames Magistrates' Court, which serves much of the east end of the capital:

1. The number of search warrant applications made by employees of the BBC/TV Licensing/Capita Business Services Ltd in accordance with Section 366 of the Communications Act 2003.

2. Of those applications, the number granted or refused.

3. Of those applications granted, the number with information laid to the effect that detection/detector van evidence had been (allegedly) obtained by the BBC/TV Licensing/Capita Business Services Ltd.

Her Majesty's Court and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) responded to our request saying that after a conducting a thorough search and making enquiries with Thames Magistrates' Court, it could confirm that it did not hold the information requested.

You can read HMCTS's letter of response here.

You might remember that we previously made an identical request in relation to North Tyneside and Teesside Magistrates, which resulted in the disclosure of the relevant statistics. That being the case, we consider that HMCTS would have provided a similar statistical breakdown in relation to Thames Magistrates' Court if it could.

HMCTS's response again left questions unanswered, so we attempted to clarify exactly what was meant to by "no information held". We also asked HMCTS to confirm that if the statistics did exist, they would have been disclosed as in the case of those from North Tyneside and Teesside.

Neglecting its obligations under section 16 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, HMCTS has thus far failed to provide any assistance in clarifying its response.

On the face of it, HMCTS's response would suggest that TV Licensing search warrant applications, even in a busy urban Magistrates' Court like Thames, are very few and far between.

Monday, 27 July 2015

TV Licensing Blog on Pinterest


We're always keen to broaden our social media presence here at the TV Licensing Blog.

Regular readers will be aware that we already have a significant following on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube.

Over the last few months we have also been pinning some of our most popular articles to our Pinterest page.

TV Licensing is very, very bad at using social media. The BBC pays its TV Licensing media harlots six-figure sums every year, for what is quite frankly abysmal social media coverage.

Social media should be a channel for proactively communicating the latest ideas, but instead TV Licensing use it to repeat the same tired old threats, canned soundbites and insincere apologies.

We can do so much better than TV Licensing do.

Please help us by following and re-pinning the articles on our Pinterest page.

Friday, 24 July 2015

TV Licensing Threatens Residential Boat Owners


The summer season heralds TV Licensing's annual persecution of another generally law-abiding minority - residential boat owners.

Next week, mark our words, it will be members of the camping and caravanning community bearing the brunt of TV Licensing's media offensive. Or should that be TV Licensing's offensive media?

According to TV Licensing PR harlot Martin Dyan, the paramilitary wing of the BBC doesn't want boat people to get that "sinking feeling" if they're caught watching TV programmes without a valid TV licence. Boom boom. Basil Brush would be proud.

The Fishburn PR flunky explains: "We know an increasing number of people are choosing an alternative lifestyle afloat with an estimated 15,000 houseboat owners in the UK including many choosing Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation or the River Stort.

"It is important they understand the law when it comes to watching or recording TV programmes."

Dyan goes on to remind boat owners of the (extremely unlikely) penalty for the heinous crime of TV licence evasion - a maximum fine of £1,000.

The article, which is clearly cut and paste straight from the Fishburn mouth wand, humorously warns about the possibility of a TV Licensing "enquiry officer" knocking at a person's porthole (read about TV Licensing goon Gary Catterick, who kind of did the same).

A TV licence is required for any property where equipment is installed or used to receive TV programmes. In the case of residential boat owners, if the boat was their primary residence, and they intended to receive TV programmes there, then legally speaking it would require a TV licence. 

If, however, the boat was not the person's primary residence, then the TV licence of their primary residence would cover the reception of TV programmes on portable equipment powered by its own internal battery (e.g. an unplugged laptop, tablet or similar). In these circumstances they would not require an additional TV licence for the boat.

Of course the notion that TV Licensing is stalking the towpaths of Britain on the off-chance of catching boat-borne TV licence evaders is fanciful in the extreme. You just need to see how ineffective TV Licensing is when making enquiries at static land-borne addresses.

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